Saturday, December 10, 2016

SDA ALBERTA blog closes

At the end of this year, 2016, this blog will remain, but nothing will any longer be posted on it.

With the "formal" structure of the Alberta artists involved in the SDA no longer in effect, no area Rep, and extremely rare notices or contributions by members sent to the blog administrator for items of interest, workshops, discussions, or news of any sort, and the imminent retirement of the Ambassador (arlee barr), it's pointless to keep the sporadic offerings going.

Luck to you all on your artistic and textile related adventures.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Claire Benn Workshop notice

SAVE THE DATE - Claire Benn is coming to Calgary

This is an advance notice of Claire Benn’s 2017 Calgary class. Please checkout the link to read about Claire:

Date: June 14 to 17, 2017  Set up will be in the afternoon and evening of June 13 so that we are ready to begin on the morning of the 14th.
Hours: 9 to 4 will be the hours of instruction. The facility will be available most evenings to work later.
Fee: $800
 First payment: January 15, 2017  $400 The first payment is non refundable . If life happens, and you are stuck your spot may be sold to someone else.
Second payment: : April 15, 2017  $400

If we have surplus funds, the remainder will be re-distributed back to the participants.
Class size: 12 to 14 maximum

To take full advantage of Claire’s class it is important that you have a working knowledge of working with Procion MX dyes. This class is not suitable for a beginner. Techniques will be demonstrated on an as need basis.

The final topic for the classes is yet to be determined but will either be Lines and Rows or TEXT-ile. There is a brief description of each at the bottom of the email. the topic chosen is the jumping off point for opening exercises in the workshop. It by no means limits the work that you might want to do. Claire has a wonderful ability to work with each student independently and guide them to success.

Please let us know if you are interested in the class and pass on the information to anyone else who may be interested.

Lynda Williamson and Lorraine Ross are arranging for Claire’s visit. There is no formal affiliation with any group, the SDA included.  Whilst a church basement is not ideal, there are 3 large sinks available for use and each person will have a table. There will be risers provided to make sure that the table is at a good height for you.

TEXT-ile. A workshop for anyone interested in using letterforms, texts, graphics, numbers and graffiti in their work. Methods will include block printing , thermofax ad screen printing, writing with a variety of different tools, stencilling and mono printing.

LINES and ROWS The aim of this workshop is to focus the power of the repetitive mark, building lines and rows to create cloth that has rhythm and simplicity. Using a variety of simple tools, participants will - through repetition:
-explore the possibilities of each tool
-work with repetition to create things in a row, lines of marks and /or grid structures
-develop ideas for selecting a key mark and how to manipulate it
develop ideas for intentional pieces in terms of colour, value, format and size

If you have a strong preference for either topic, please let us know.

Lynda Williamson
Lorraine Ross

please send correspondence to

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Contextural Christmas Artisan Sale

Contextural is a community of textile artists fostering a cooperative creative environment in support of the production of new artistic works.
This textile-centric sale provides the opportunity for the public to meet the makers of silk-screened, EcoPrinted and/or hand-dyed scarves, pillows and bags, 2D and 3D art pieces, items for dogs and babies, clothing, accessories, and home decor.

Information at

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fibre Shindig call for vendors

Saturday October 15, 2016

Welcome to the Vendor Call for the Fall 2016 Fibre Shindig.

One Day Only - Saturday October 15, 2016
Set Up: 8 - 10am
Show:   10am - 5pm
Wrap:    5 - 6pm

Venue: Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association
1320 5 Ave NW, Calgary, T2N 0S2
Please Note: We have had a lot of requests for vendor spaces. We have a total of 36 spaces available. To be fair to all vendors, we will be accepting applications from current vendors first, prioritizing all others.

DEADLINE : We will hold spaces for existing vendors until July 29th.

FINAL DEADLINE: September 1st for all final applications.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

from Diane Krys

If anyone is interested in trying their hand at rug hooking I’m teaching a 1 day workshop at Red Deer College’s Series Summer Art Program on Saturday, July 16, 2016.  I’ll be presenting a more artistic approach perfect for using up bits of yarn and mixed fibre hanging around your stash!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Fibre Shindig--one day only!!!!!!!!!

Sat. April 16, 2016 – One Day Only!
Hillhurst/Sunnyside Community Centre
1320 5th Ave, NW, Calgary, AB T2N 0S2
Fibre for Spinning and Felting
Yarns – Lots of Hand Dyed and Hand Spun
Beads, Buttons, Spindles, Yarn Bowls, Wearables and Toys
Crochet, Felting, Cross Stitch, Embroidery, Fine Art and Jewellery
All By Local Alberta Artists and Artisans
Demonstrations by Vendors

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Martha Cole workshop - Hoping to fill the last 2 spots!!

Martha Cole 4-Day Workshop
Calgary, AB
May 16-19, 2016
Christ Church (3802-8th Street SW)

Up Close and Personal: Working with Digital Imagery

When working with the close-ups of natural organic forms (such as tree bark, water ripples, flower centres or leaf veins),  we have access to much more elaborate patterning and textures than we can see with just our eyes. These images can provide a springboard for exciting patterning, surprising colour combinations and textural explorations.  Using your own images as starting points, you will arrange to have 1-3 images enlarged and pre-printed using commercial printers.  In the workshop itself, you will focus on how to enhance the depth and colour of those images and enhance the “new” qualities that reveal themselves using transparent fabric paints and coloured pencils.  Then, using a wide range of stitching and quilting options, you will further explore and enhance the special qualities of each image that are now revealed.  Wondrous visual phenomena are often revealed and well worth celebrating!

Pre-Workshop Requirements 
Before attending the workshop, each participant must have a digital image printed onto specially treated cotton that has a paper backing.  The printed images should be at least 16-20” on the shortest side and at least 20” on the long side.   
Arrangements for this process will be organized by the co-ordinator of the workshop and you will need to have 1-3 possibilities ready to go before the workshop starts. 
The FINAL image should be no smaller than 16” (or 4800 pixels) on the shortest side. You can use Photoshop, Photoshop Elements or your camera software to resize your images. In Photoshop or Photoshop Elements you go to the Image tab – this is where you change the size and dpi (dots per inch).  Make sure the resample box at the bottom of the dialog box is checked. When you type in the 16”, the other dimension will fall where it may.  Images should be 300 dpi and saved as a Jpeg at the highest quality. You will end up with a large file size. It will likely be over 10mB. Start with as large a file as possible. This will help to ensure a good larger image. If you are familiar with any of the photo editing packages feel free to use those tools.  If in doubt, talk to someone who is more familiar with these procedures.
Leslie Barnes has arranged to have them printed and shipped to Calgary (LB: I am using Alice at Village Gallery, Sydney BC - Alice has printed for a number of Martha's classes; I have seen her work first hand and trust her to do a fabulous job!). Detailed information will be on the supply list including a list price for the printing. Supply lists are sent out after registration.If  you want to see some of Martha's images/final artworks, go to either or  On the MATA Gallery website, you will need to further click on the “Artists” tab and scroll down to “Cole”.  This is her latest work and the basis of this workshop.  


Workshop Fee:  $350.00
This fee includes class supplies of fabric paints & mediums.

NOTE: workshop fee does not include any of the costs associated with the pre-printed fabric requirements as outlined in the information documents. Registrants will be expected to order and pay for the images on their own. Martha (and also the Printer) will make themselves available to consult about the suitability of the images before printing.

Registration Process:
Registration will be by mail (cheque), in person or e-bank transfer
Payment must be for the full amount
Please make a copy of this form for your records.
Receipts will not be issued.
Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis (when payment is received).

Mail or scan & e-mail the completed information below, to:
Leslie Barnes
102 Arbour Ridge Close NW  Calgary T3G 4M5


Phone (H):

Phone (C):


Leslie Barnes, Workshop Coordinator